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Griqua history to be showcased through Children of the Mist

Published: 17 August 2010

Artscape and the Vredendal-based Griqua Ratelgat Development Trust are using theatre to inform locals about the Griqua through the latest production, Children of the Mist, which opens on 4 September at the Artscape Theatre Centre.

The play resuscitates the Griqua lost culture and indigenous dance – the ‘rieldans’ –. The show will also include the Ikhapara dance which is a modern form of the oldest indigenous dances from the Khoi-Khoi people.

Valerie Mentoor and Jan Joseph of the Griqua Trust say their vision took form in 2003 when the Trust started eco-cultural and historical tourism to enlighten others about the Griqua. “One of our aims was that through this project our people would gain back the culture that they lost because of colonisation and apartheid,” they explained.

The production is spearheaded by the Artscape Indigenous Arts Department. Established in 2007, it aims to develop; mentor; and preserve South African indigenous customs through the arts.

‘Children of the Mist’ runs from September 1 to 4 at Artscape Arena Theatre at 20:00. For more information, visit www.artscape.co.za and for ticket bookings contact Computicket on 083 915 8000 or Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695. Tickets cost R50.

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